If you said to any Baggies fan at the beginning of the season that they would take four points from their first four away fixtures I’m sure they would have taken it.
Despite beating Arsenal at the Emirates, I’m sure the majority of West Brom fans were not expecting the side to get anything at Manchester United.
2-0 to the Red Devils at half-time, surely it was game over. At this point you would have fancied United to go on and win the game. The scoreline could have been a whole lot worse had United taken their chances.
Had Nemanja Vidic’s header gone in early in the second half, then for sure it would have been game set and match for Manchester United.
But this current Albion side do not know when they’re beaten and the team spirit within the Baggies camp is unbelievable.
West Brom managed to score an early goal in the second half and from that moment you could tell that there was a spring in the steps of all the Albion players.
Albion’s second goal was of course down to an Edwin Van der Sar howler but you have to give credit to West Brom’s battling spirit.
Even though they were 2-0 down, the Baggies never gave up and they got a deserved point in my opinion. Particularly in the second half, Roberto Di Matteo’s side improved in all departments and they got what they deserved.
United did not know what had hit them after being pegged back to 2-2 and there was total shock amongst the Old Trafford faithful.
Not many sides will come back from two goals down against a side like Manchester United.
Every West Brom player played there heart out against United and Nicky Shorey in particular recovered well after his slip allowed Nani to tuck home United’s second goal.
Scott Carson should have held on to Nani’s free-kick, but after that early mistake the former Liverpool stopper did well when called upon. Jonas Olsson as always was terrific at the back and a special mention for Somen Tchoyi.
Tchoyi making his first start in the Premiership did well and scoring on your Premier League debut against Manchester United will be something that he will remember for the rest of his life. Who can blame him?
12 points from eight games is a decent return for the Baggies but it is vital that everyone keeps their feet on the ground.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side have a lot more steel about them compared to other Albion sides in recent times. They have also shown that they are no pushovers and will not be beaten easily without a fight.
I have been impressed with the start the Baggies have made to life in the Premier League this time round and if they can continue their fine form then they will stay up.
West Brom are now unbeaten in six games and any unbeaten run is bound to give you confidence. Even without Peter Odemwingie on Saturday, Albion always remained a threat when going forward which was great to see.
Next up for Baggies is Fulham. The Cottagers have made a decent start to the season under Mark Hughes and they have also proven that they are a tough nut to crack.
It will be interesting to see what reception Diomansy Kamara, Jonathan Greening and Zoltan Gera get. Losing Gera prior to the 2008/09 season was a huge blow and many Albion fans were upset to see the Hungarian leave.
Fulham will provide a tough test and with the likes of Simon Davies, Brede Hangeland and Moussa Dembele on board, Albion will be in for a tough game.
Still things are looking good for Roberto Di Matteo’s side and hopefully they can build on their fantastic point at Old Trafford.